The Westlake Lions are wasting no time getting ready for their 2021 football season as they held their Blue and White game Friday night. The game resulted in the white team (defense) winning 29-16 over the Blue team (offense).
The defense forced numerous turnovers and only allowed one touchdown throughout the whole game. While the defense held strong, returning cornerback Aveion Terrell (younger brother of Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell) was not targeted while locking down his side of the field.
The Lions are continuing to build within their offense and defense after losing more than ten highly touted seniors to graduation. Through it all, Lions head coach Bobby May is excited for his team this season and felt confident in the defense.
“I think our defense is pretty tough,” said May. “This is what it was about, the young guys. Everybody got to play and get some snaps [and] it was fun.”
A lot of young players will be filling the shoes on offense after the departures of receivers Nate Wiggins, Decari Collins, Leo Blackburn, and much more. May is glad the younger players were able to get reps this game and build consistency within the offense.
“We were a little bit inconsistent on offense,” said May. “The young guys got some snaps but they don’t really know what they’re doing yet. This is about the young guys.”
Although the Lions have some big shoes to fill on offense, they will return star quarterback RJ Johnson who is excited about building chemistry with the new receivers.
“I liked the attitude of the receivers, I like their tempo,” said Johnson. “When I tell them to go, they’re going. When I tell them to make plays, they’re making plays and trying their best and that’s all I can ask for.”
Even though it’s just spring football and the team is using it as a measuring stick to get better and see where they are, the Lions will face Newton next Friday in their spring game and are excited about the challenge.
“The intensity will be up more and more like a real game so we will see where we’re at,” said May. “It’s not about winning or losing in the spring game, it’s about getting better and staying healthy.”
“We study it like we are playing the best team in the country and take each game [one] at a time,” Johnson said.
The Lions will host Newton next Friday in their spring game beginning at 7 p.m.